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Job Applications & Interviews

Most school districts have websites that keep updated lists of teaching vacancies. A listing of the school districts in Mississippi can be found on the Mississippi Department of Education website. You may also visit the MSU Career Center website. The Career Center offers several valuable services including resume writing guides, resume critiques, mock interviews, and job searches. Simply login to the Connections page with your NetID and password, post your resume, and look for jobs in your preferred districts.

When completing job applications, you may be asked to provide your licensure endorsement codes. On your license, the endorsement code is a three digit number which precedes the content area. For example, if your license reads 181 Biology (7-12) the endorsement code is 181. If you do not have a license, you may look up endorsement codes by content area through the MDE website. On the right hand side of the page, open the Microsoft Excel file titled "Approved List of Licensure Endorsement Codes".

Once you submit an application, visit the school and introduce yourself to the principal. This will give you an opportunity to make a great impression before applications are reviewed. If you are asked to an interview, prepare yourself by being able to answer the questions most frequently asked by principals:

  • How will you implement the Common Core Standards in your classroom?
  • Explain your teaching philosophy on
    1. Teaching Strategies
    2. Classroom behavior
    3. Homework
  • If you are certified in a state tested subject area: How will you help improve scores on the state subject area test?
  • What is your classroom management plan?
  • How will you help your students at the different Rtl levels?
  • If the principal walks into your classroom, what will he see?
  • If you are seeking a job in a school in which you are a minority: How will you handle working with students from a different culture and/or race?
  • You look young enough to be a high school student! How will you show your students that you are in authority and are more mature than they are?
  • How will you make sure there is effective communication between yourself, your colleagures, your principal, your students, and your parents?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What will you do if an irate parent walks into your classroom?

Comments/Questions

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Katrina Miller at 662.325.1999 or Susan Steward at 662.325.0527.